Hyannis Port Mourns Kennedy


Hyannis Port Mourns Kennedy

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Hyannis Port has always been a place of retreat and renewal for the Kennedy’s. Now the town remembers a patriarch and a friend in Ted Kennedy. Jeff Glor reports.

Hyannis, Massachusetts

Hyannis is the largest of seven villages in the Town of Barnstable, Massachusetts, on Cape Cod. Also it is the commercial and transportation hub of Cape Cod and was designated an urban area as a result of the 1990 census. Because of this, many refer to Hyannis as the “Capital of the Cape.” It contains the Barnstable city offices and two important shopping districts, the historic downtown Main Street and the Route 132 commercial district, including Cape Cod Mall and Cape Cod Potato Chips.

Hyannis is an important tourist destination and the primary ferry boat and general aviation link for passengers and freight to Nantucket Island. Hyannis provides secondary passenger access to the island of Martha’s Vineyard. Due to its large natural harbor, Hyannis is the largest recreational boating and second largest commercial fishing port on Cape Cod.

The JFK Hyannis Museum in the old Town Hall on Main St. focuses on John F. Kennedy’s time spent in the town. There is a memorial to President Kennedy on the Lewis Bay waterfront that was erected by Barnstable citizens in 1966. The memorial includes a fountain and a field-stone monument with the presidential seal and JFK inscription:

I believe it is important that this country sail and not sit still in the harbor.

President-elect John F. Kennedy gave his victory speech on Nov. 9, 1960 at the former Hyannis Armory, which is in the National Register of Historic Places.

Hyannis Port

Hyannis Port is a small residential village and affluent summer community on Hyannis Harbor 2.3 km to the south-southwest of Hyannis  / 41.6321; -70.3030. It has a small U.S. Post Office (zip code 02647) next door to a small seasonal convenience store, The News Shop and Gallery.

It is the location of the Kennedy Compound and other Kennedy family residences and is included in the National Register of Historic Places. It has one of the premier golf courses on Cape Cod, the Hyannisport Club, and is also home to the West Beach Club and the Hyannis Port Yacht Club. Hyannis Port was the home of Senator Ted Kennedy and the place where he died.

According to the 2000 U.S. Census on April 1, it had 193 housing units with a resident population of 115 persons living in 46 housing units. There were 147 vacant housing units (76%), 144 of which were for seasonal, recreational, or occasional use. Based on the average family size of 2.97 persons, summer population is at least 573.

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